Tendons exist all over the body as the conjoining pieces between muscle and bone. Normally, these fibrous bundles of tissue can withstand a fair amount of tension and activity, but it is also possible for them to become overworked and inflamed. This inflammation of the tendon is known as tendonitis.
What Causes Tendonitis?
As mentioned, tendonitis can occur in those that put too much stress on their tendons, which most often refers to athletes. However, any sort of repetitive motion completed over a substantial period of time can wear and tear on the tendons of the body, causing them to swell.
Who is at Risk of Developing Tendonitis?
In addition to competing in athletic events, there are several other factors that can influence the likelihood for an individual to have tendonitis, such as their:
- Age: Persons of a more mature age are much more likely to have tendonitis.
- Job: There are many positions that include repetitive motions in their daily activities, particularly in laborious careers like manufacturing or construction.
- Existing medical conditions: Several health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes can put an individual at an increased risk to develop tendonitis.
What Are the Symptoms of Tendonitis?
It is, of course, best to diagnose a person’s tendonitis as soon as possible, as the case could become much more severe over time and even lead to a rupture of the tendon. With a ruptured tendon, the patient will notice a sort of gap along the line of the tendon in addition to intense pain during movement.
The most common symptoms associated with tendonitis include:
- Pain, which will typically worsen as the affected tendon is activated by movement
- A crackling or grating sensation
- Formation of a lump along the tendon
How Does Greater Rochester Orthopaedics Treat Tendonitis?
If you suspect that you may have tendonitis, it is highly advised to seek out a specialist at Greater Rochester Orthopaedics, who will be able to give recommendations based upon your individual case. The biggest determining factor will usually have to do with what type of tendonitis you have and where it is located.
Most often, your physician will start the treatment process with noninvasive methods such as medications or physical therapy. If these treatments have proved ineffective, it may be time to consider shock wave therapy or surgery.